Canlyniadau 141–160 o 7944 ar gyfer speaker:Baroness Smith of Basildon

Ukraine and Neighbouring Countries: ODA - Question (16 Meh 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I am grateful to the noble Lord for his helpful Answer. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that some 16 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance across Ukraine, particularly in occupied areas and areas that are hard to assist and get to. We have all seen scenes on our television screens from brave and dedicated journalists who are bringing those pictures into our living...

Prison Officers: Occupational Pension - Question (16 Meh 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the safety and security of prison officers and prisoners is clearly essential if prisons are to be effective, including, as the noble Lord, Lord Bird, pointed out, in terms of rehabilitation. We are losing experienced prison officers, yet the Government’s response, that prison officers work later than many other services, until they are 68, is not the way to address this. I do not...

Prison Officers: Occupational Pension - Question (16 Meh 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: For the full pension?

Prison Officers: Occupational Pension - Question (16 Meh 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I am sorry to come back to the Minister but I asked him specifically about the full pension and he has answered only for “a pension”. There is a difference between receiving a pension, which will be a reduced pension, and a full pension. Will he tell me, if he has the answer, how long it is for a full pension? If he does not, will he write to me and place a copy of the letter in...

Bain & Company: Public Sector Contracts - Question (13 Meh 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Hain’s question shows up deficiencies in the Procurement Bill as published. Schedule 6 to that Bill outlines the criteria under which a supplier must be added to the debarment list and cannot be awarded public sector contracts—my noble friend gave an example. Can I draw the Minister’s attention to Schedule 7, which provides for discretion in order to add a...

Northern Ireland Protocol: First Treasury Counsel - Commons Urgent Question ( 9 Meh 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this is a hugely important issue and I have to say it requires calm diplomacy rather than a rerun of the internal markets Bill debacle. Noble Lords will be aware of the reports that Sir James Eadie was specifically asked not to give a legal opinion on the compatibility with international law of the Government’s proposals, but instead to assume there is a respectable legal basis. I...

Upholding Standards in Public Life - Question ( 8 Meh 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I think neither of the Prime Ministers mentioned would have behaved in the way that this Prime Minister has. The Prime Minister seems to regard the Ministerial Code as somehow his own personal property or plaything. I think many of us were disappointed by the new introduction, which has no reference to integrity, honour or truth. Given the lack of confidence in this Prime Minister,...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (1st Day): Motion for an Humble Address (10 Mai 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I beg to move that this debate be adjourned until tomorrow. We know that Her Majesty the Queen would have been here if she were able to do so, and we send her our sincere best wishes. We look forward to her jubilee celebrations, when we can recognise the extraordinary service she has given to this country. The roots of today’s proceedings, with the monarch reading the...

Global Positioning System - Question (26 Ebr 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, the Minister will be aware of the House of Lords special inquiry which reported in December 2021, Preparing for Extreme Risks: Building A Resilient Society, which examined the very issue raised by my noble friend Lord West. At the heart of this is how the Government prepare for risk across a range of issues. Will he look at the risk register and how it is used by government? At the...

Easter Recess: Government Update - Statement (25 Ebr 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I am sorry, I thought that the noble Baroness would be repeating the Statement, as it was made over a week ago in the Commons. I was rather surprised not to have it repeated, so I apologise for my delay in standing up. For those who did not hear the Statement, they may not realise that it was several Statements rolled into one. I must say that many of us felt quite uneasy that the...

Public Procurement: British Standard 95009 - Question ( 5 Ebr 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, having listened carefully to the Minister’s answers, I am slightly confused. She seems to be saying that rules for proper scrutiny of procurement are being worked on and new legislation—a new Bill—will come forward, yet the Government are spending £300 billion a year on procurement. If we look at some of the recent scandals around PPE, we see there is urgency about this. The...

Government Business: Messaging Services - Question (31 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, we have seen the reports of what happens when those outside Parliament think they have a—let us say—different channel of access to Ministers. Paragraph 2.14 of the Ministerial Code, on “Security of Government business”, makes it quite clear how Ministers should behave. It would be helpful if the further information that the Minister referred to could be published and put in...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Commons Reason: Motion (22 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, we laugh, and in some ways, it is amusing. It is also extraordinary—I am not sure that it is amusing. The Fixed-term Parliaments Act was an Act of its time whose main purpose was to protect the coalition Government, and it succeeded in that to a degree. I was very disappointed to read the response of Ministers in the other place. It seemed to focus on the argument that because all...

Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - Commons Reason: Motion (22 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: Just to help the Minister, that is exactly the point I was making about the Fixed-term Parliaments Act not having proper scrutiny and getting us into the position we are in now.

Business of the House - Motion to Agree (17 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: I am grateful to the Leader for her response. I think it is right that she takes this back to Cabinet and makes the point that the noble Lord, Lord Grocott, made in very strong terms. But I do just press her on the point about late nights. It is not just about not finishing late when we start early at 11 am; we are sitting longer and later—far more hours than they do down the other end of...

Business of the House - Motion to Agree (17 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I wonder whether the noble Baroness could say a bit more about the Motion before the House. My understanding is that that Motion, which we are not opposing, means that on three Tuesdays the House should sit at 11 am, for long sittings. I point out to your Lordships’ House that the House is now sitting longer and later than at any other time I can recall, either in my time in this...

Barristers Leaving Criminal Practice - Question (17 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I suspect that industrial action by barristers would get as much public sympathy as industrial action by politicians. I welcome the Minister’s comments, but that was not the influence; the Government thought that it was what they wanted to do anyway. I also suspect that if the Minister had been in post earlier, we might not have seen the appalling LASPO Act, which cut so much...

No-fault Divorce - Question (15 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, as the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, said when she first proposed this Question, the whole point was to make divorce, by being no fault, less acrimonious and less difficult. The missing part is the financial aspect. In the current system that creates more acrimony and difficulty, especially when children are involved. When the noble and learned Lord, Lord Keen, wrote to the noble...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 91 (14 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, this seems an appropriate group on which to end Committee. It seems almost as if we have gone full circle, as there has been a similar theme throughout the debates at Second Reading and in Committee. This group of amendments brings two things to the debate. When I spoke first today I made the point about the tension between us recognising the inadequacies of the Bill, with the...

Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill - Committee: Amendment 90 (14 Maw 2022)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: My Lords, I will be brief. I have listened very careful to the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and my understanding is that the Government are seeking to protect the enforcement bodies, such as the National Crime Agency, from the costs of legal action. Clearly, it is important to provide these agencies with an element of cover from being pursued for costs, as they must be free to investigate...


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